Chargers owner accused of fiduciary mismanagement by sister in ongoing legal conflict

Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES — Chargers owner Dean Spanos has been accused of "misogynistic" behavior and repeated "breaches of fiduciary duty" by his sister in a petition for an existing probate case that this week advanced the siblings' ongoing legal battle regarding ownership of the team.

The petition was filed in San Joaquin County Superior Court by attorneys representing Dea Spanos Berberian, who seeks control of a family trust that makes up 36% of the Chargers' ownership.

Spanos and Berberian were left as co-trustees of the trust following the deaths of their parents, Alex and Faye, in 2018.

In the petition, Berberian accuses her brothers Dean and Michael of repeatedly acting "out of their deeply-held misogynistic attitudes and sense of entitlement as the men in the family."


The filing states that Dean and Michael "believe to their cores that, regardless of what their parents intended and their wills specified, men are in charge and women should shut up."

Dean Spanos took over as the Chargers managing owner in 1994, 10 years after his father bought the franchise.

The legal conflict between the Spanos siblings came to light in April 2021, when Berberian petitioned the Los Angeles County Superior Court to put the trust up for sale, citing mounting debt.

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